Marching band “boot camp” is two weeks before the beginning of the college semester teaching incoming freshmen marching fundamentals, reminding returning students the same, learning the music for the pregame and half-time shows, memorizing the music and learning all the sets to the shows. We start before the semester does because the first game is at the end of the first week and it takes more than the class time available in that week to learn everything.
So we set aside two weeks to work pretty much from dawn until dusk. About 80% of that time is outside in the heat. (Reminder: I live in Texas.) Most of the rest is inside working on music (on our feet). The only time we get to sit down are meal or water breaks.
After the first week, I have officially sprained my knee (again). I learned today that I am allergic to sunblock. And my shoes started falling apart yesterday. But…marching band is a requirement for music majors so I have to take the class. The biggest downer is that after all that torture–I mean work–you only earn ONE credit hour for the class!